ROCHESTER - The Rochester Rhinos aren't playing this summer, but their youth program is staying busy.
The Rhinos' Girls U-13 Super team qualified for U.S. Club Soccer's National Cup tournament which begins next week in Aurora, CO.
"It's just amazing thinking that I'm part of a team that is going to nationals," said forward Delaney Tellex. "Representing New York is something that is so cool to think about."
The youth team is comprised of girls all over the Rochester area from Hilton down to Pittsford, and is coached by former Rhinos legendary goalie Billy Andracki. The team plays in the "Super" level which is the highest of the three levels of US Club Soccer after "Premier" and "Champions" levels.
"Being a part of the Rochester Rhinos for the last 20 years, I'm extremely proud to take this group of young girls who have competed all year to try to get to this point to take them to Aurora, CO to compete against the best teams in the country," said Andracki.
The Rhinos won the Mid-Atlantic championship in Somerset, NJ last weekend to qualify for nationals.
"It was really awesome," said central defender Hanna Fenton. "It was a really good feeling because we played in like-98 degree weather and we just kept going."
The Rhinos will be in Colorado from July 19th to at least the 24th playing the best teams in the nation.
"I think that we can do it," said central defender Ava Taylor. "We're just that good and we have the power and composure on the ball. I think we're going to make it to the finals."
To soften the financial burden of a trip to Colorado with limited time to prepare, the Rhinos are raising money via a GoFundMe page.
"We're not looking for a lot of money, but we are just trying to get some money there for the girls, for transportation, and some meals," said Andracki. "It should be a great event for us, but it does come with a great expense for everyone to go out to Colorado. It's a big sacrifice for the families, but it's a sacrifice that I don't think any of us would trade for the world."
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